Cry (Mandy Moore song)

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"Cry"
Cry single.jpg
Single by Mandy Moore
from the album Mandy Moore and A Walk to Remember: Music From the Motion Picture
B-side "Someday We'll Know" (with Jon Foreman)
Released November 4, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop
Length 3:43
Label Epic
Writer(s) James Renald
Producer(s)
Mandy Moore singles chronology
"Crush"
(2001)
"Cry"
(2001)
"Only Hope"
(2002)

"Cry" is a song by American recording artist Mandy Moore, released on November 4, 2001 by Epic Records. It was written and produced by James Renald.[1] Peter Mokran also helped produce the song.[2] The song was released as the third single from her self-titled third album. The song achieved minor success in the United States but was a big hit in Asia, especially in the Philippines.

"Cry" received positive reviews from music critics, was one of the issues most adored by MTV. The lyrics of "Cry" focuses on a girl who thinks that love is insensitive. The musical structure of the song is created based on the melody of a guitar as a ballad. It was used as a soundtrack of the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember, in which she starred alongside Shane West.[3][4]

Song information[edit]

The song tells the story of a girl who thought her lover to be insensitive, until the day she first saw him cry. "You were all by yourself, staring up at the dark gray sky, I was changed..." It was not a major hit in the US until the release of Moore's film A Walk to Remember but was an MTV favorite and did well overseas. Because the song was set to be released around the same time as the film and the two were remarkably similar in story line, Moore felt that "Cry" would be perfect to be included in the film's soundtrack. The song is one of Moore's favorites on the album.
Moore stated in a Billboard interview that she carried around a copy of the song for over a year before she recorded it. "It felt like my ace in the hole. It's such a beautiful song on every level. I couldn't wait to get into the studio and sing it." She added that James Renald, the writer and producer of the song, had to "peel her out of the booth because she wanted to sing it over and over again."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Applebaum. The main premise of the video was centered around the conclusion of the movie A Walk to Remember. It showed Moore in Heaven and Shane West looking through a telescope at her. The movie featured the couple stargazing and Moore's character Jamie Sullivan believed that when she would look through a telescope at the stars she can see into Heaven. Landon Carter (West's character) looks through the telescope and can see a now passed Jamie in Heaven. As the video comes to a climax, there is an explosion and stars shoot from behind Moore. The video also shows West looking at random video clips of him and Moore. The home video was the summer that Moore and West's characters spent together before she died. The video was not a huge success on MTV like her prior video "Crush". The music video is included on A Walk to Remember DVD as an extra content. It was also included as a multi-media track on the 2003 special expanded edition of the film's soundtrack. However, the song is not yet included in her Vevo channel.

Chart Performance[edit]

The single never entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. However, the single was successful in Canada and Asia. The single also performed well in Germany, where a limited 6-track maxi-CD was released. To date, "Cry" has sold 15,000 physical copies and 203,000 paid digital downloads according to Nielsen Soundscan.[5]

In Asia, the song was a major success in countries like Thailand and the Philippines, and was among the five biggest songs in Taiwan at the time.

Format[edit]

German/Austrian/Swiss CD single[6]
  1. "Cry" (Album Version) - 5:43
  2. "Someday We'll Know" (with Jon Foreman) - 3:42
German maxi single (limited edition) - scarce release[7]
  1. "Cry" (Album Version) - 5:43
  2. "Only Hope" - 5:53
  3. "It's Gonna Be Love" - 3:53
  4. "Someday We'll Know" - 3:42
Promo CD single
  1. "Cry" (Album Version) - 5:43[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Philippines (Radio Airplay Chart)[9] 1

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